|Transcribed by Norma Knotts Shaffer from microfilm
of the Calhoun Chronicle dated 2/24/1927
Skirmish on Sycamore
A scouting party under the command of Capt. James L. Simpson, of Company
C 11th West Virginia Infantry, had halted at the noon hour, at the home
of Judge McDonald, on the divide between the right and left hand forks
of Sycamore Creek. Capt. Simpson, with five men arranged to dine
with the hospitable Judge, and the remainder of the scouting party, about
twenty-five in number, scattered out among the residents along both branches
of the stream, with the object of securing dinner.
Capt. Perry Connolly, the noted partisan leader, with about sixty men,
was lurking in the timber surrounding the McDonald home, and seized the
propitious moment, while the federal scouts were scattered, to wipe out
Capt. Simpson and the portion of the squad remaining with him. The
Captain and his men had just seated themselves at table, when a volley
was poured into the house from all points of the compass. Capt. Simpson,
led his men out into open and returned the fire, which was spiritedly maintained
for several minutes. The detached parties of Simpson's command hearing
the heavy firing, rallied to the assistance of their leader, and in a short
time the skirmish ended with the withdrawal of Connolly's command.
Here occurred one of those horrors for which partisan warfare is noted.
One of Capt. Connolly's men was severely wounded and had been unable to
join his comrades in their retreat. He had propped himself against
a rail fence, and when the federal troops found him, instead of rendering
the aid that humanity dictates in an instance of this kind, some four or
five men fired on him killing him instantly. This as I recall the
story, was the only casualty occurring during this engagement.
Capt. James L. Simpson, was from Parkersburg, W. Va., and rendered distinguished
service, throughout the war, being promoted to the rank major before it
closed. He has been dead several years. Some of his descendants
still reside in Parkersburg.
Capt. Perry Connolly was a native of Roane county, and achieved distinction
as a leader of irregular troops. He died from wounds received in
action in Webster county, West Virginia.